Taking Care of your Lungs Through Exercise

A diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, interstitial lung disease, chronic bronchitis or pulmonary fibrosis can be a very daunting moment. Being that none of these disease have known cures and many of them are progressive in nature, you may need to live with the disease for the rest of your life. There are treatment options out there; many involve medications in the form of a pill or an inhaler, while others include supplemental oxygen and even lung transplant in very severe cases. There are however, alternative treatment options that seek to not just give a temporary way to breathe a little easier, but to slow down the progression and combat the disease. Also, there are plenty of lung therapy exercises you can perform that will help regrow some healthy lung cells.

Lung Exercises

Although your body’s ability to heal itself is a marvel, it needs some help in promoting lung health. There are multiple outlets to get help to your lungs. However, the easiest form of action is diet and exercise. For example, a study published in Thorax showed that men who eat apples have better lung health than those who do not.  In this regard, seeking the help of a dietitian and fitness trainer can be very helpful, but make sure to speak about any planned rehabilitation with you physician first.

Here are some exercises to help your lungs:

  • Walking and biking – Exercises that will stimulate heart health will help the lungs utilize oxygen more efficiently, which means less shortness of breath and deeper breathing. Try speed walking and riding a bike for extended periods of time.
  • Swimming – You use nearly every muscle in your body when you swim. Use caution, swimming can seem harmless, but it can be strenuous. It’s important that people with lung damage ease into swimming.
  • Yoga – Another activity that uses most of your body’s muscles, yoga can stimulate your lungs through focused breathing. Yoga also helps workout your diaphragm, the muscle that operates the lungs.
  • Breathing exercises – There is a long list of breathing exercises you can perform to help improve lung capacity. Try breathing in deeply, and filing the lung cavity. When you exhale, purse your lips and breathe slowly.  Then, try holding your breath for a few seconds before inhaling again. Repeat this exercise to see if you can increase the time you hold your breathe.

The importance of exercise for a healthy individual is obvious, but when you have a progressive lung disease, it is imperative that you exercise your lungs often. It is equally important that you seek a treatment that fits your lifestyle and provides you with the results that you seek. If you or a loved own suffers from a progressive lung disease like COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, the Lung Institute may be able to help. The lung Institute uses your own body to help promote healing and get your life back within reach. Contact us today for a free consultation or call us at (800) 729-3065.

 

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